Why Do Americans Have Social Security Cards And Not A National ID?

Here's a fact that may be news to some Americans: in most other countries, citizens have a national ID card. Not so in the United States. Instead, we have a social security card, which began as a way for the Social Security Administration to keep track of workers, but was soon borrowed by the Internal Revenue Service as a way to keep track of taxation. The story behind the social security card is long and fascinating. Learn about it below.

Is there something you're curious about? Send us a note or email us at editors (at) And follow Curiosity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Social Security Cards Explained

Share the knowledge!

Social Security: The Greatest Government Policy of All Time?

How Does Social Security Really Work?

Share the knowledge!
Written by Curiosity Staff March 31, 2017